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Boys volleyball: Team sets up rematch with Bellarmine CP after NorCal quarterfinal victory

Boys volleyball: Team sets up rematch with Bellarmine CP after NorCal quarterfinal victory

Om Khandekar

May 23, 2018


Filed under Game Reviews, SPORTS

Junior Nikhil Bapat was on a roll in the beginning of the first set, nailing shot after shot against a Whitney HS team that faltered with every swing and serve. But when the score reached 21-14, WHS got its first solid block off a swing by Bapat who finally faltered. Bapat tried tipping, and WHS got a bo...

The threepeat

The threepeat

Rana Aghababazadeh, Editor-in-chief

May 22, 2018


Filed under Boys Volleyball, Game of the Week, Game Reviews, SPORTS, Spring Sports

For the third year in a row, the MVHS boys volleyball team played Bellarmine College Preparatory in the Central Coast Sections at Saint Francis HS, this time in the finals. The boys won their first game against BCP earlier in the season with a score of 3-0 and lost a neutral game at the Bellarmine tourname...

Boys volleyball: MVHS triumphs in second round of postseason after 3-0 victory against Wilcox HS

Boys volleyball: MVHS triumphs in second round of postseason after 3-0 victory against Wilcox HS

Om Khandekar

May 11, 2018


Filed under Game Reviews, SPORTS

Photos by Cathie Lin  MVHS looked vulnerable in the final set in their game against Wilcox HS. They couldn’t string together their usual scoring streaks with their hitting, and unforced errors started to build as the set dragged on for this team.  Despite this, head coach Paul Chiu was unfazed f...

Boys volleyball: Team wins in first round of CCS Playoffs

Boys volleyball: Team wins in first round of CCS Playoffs

Om Khandekar

May 9, 2018


Filed under Game Reviews, SPORTS

Photos by Cathie Lin A kill and a hit are two very similar actions in volleyball, with one key difference. A hit happens anytime a hitter on either team makes contact with the ball. It doesn’t have to go over the net, or be very well timed and most importantly it doesn’t guarantee a point. A kill d...

Softball: MVHS loses thriller against Wilcox HS 7-11

Softball: MVHS loses thriller against Wilcox HS 7-11

Anish Vasudevan, Sports Editor

May 2, 2018


Filed under Game Reviews, SPORTS

On April 27th MVHS faced off against Wilcox HS for the second time this season, ready to get revenge after losing 2-0 to them the first time around. Down by five runs in the fourth inning, MVHS needed a miracle to beat an aggressive WHS team  side. MVHS came back scoring six runs in the fourth and fift...

Track and field: Seniors reflect on their last home meet against Homestead HS

Track and field: Seniors reflect on their last home meet against Homestead HS

Roshan Fernandez

April 29, 2018


Filed under Game Reviews, SPORTS, Spring Sports, Track & Field

When the results appeared on the electronic board from the 100-meter race, senior Morris Chiang let out a shout and collapsed on the ground, angrily pounding his hands against the rubber track and then burying his face in his chest. He had finished in first place, but that was not the source of his fr...

Badminton: MVHS maintains undefeated streak with win over Milpitas HS

Badminton: MVHS maintains undefeated streak with win over Milpitas HS

Roshan Fernandez

March 28, 2018


Filed under Badminton, Game Reviews, SPORTS, Spring Sports

VHS badminton players held cups of boba and boxes of pizza in their hands as part of a team tradition called ‘Baddy Buddies,’ a version of Secret Santa gift exchange players participate in that takes place during March. After finishing up the exchange, the players then began to warm up. The atmosphe...

Boys Tennis: team earns a clean victory against Los Gatos HS

Boys Tennis: team earns a clean victory against Los Gatos HS

Emily Xia

March 20, 2018


Filed under Boys Tennis, Game Reviews, SPORTS

Additional reporting by Roshan Fernandez and Jasmine Lee he boys varsity tennis team was calm as they prepared for their second home game of the season, drinking sips of water and making small talk before the game began. The Matadors expected to win as they prepared for their game. After their...

Last week’s rundown of MVHS boys volleyball

Last week’s rundown of MVHS boys volleyball

Rana Aghababazadeh

March 7, 2018


Filed under Boys Volleyball, Game of the Week, Game Reviews, SPORTS, Sports Editor's Picks, Spring Sports

"Win leagues. Win CCS. Win NorCals." The boys volleyball team has been repeating this phrase consistently for the last three years, yet every year they have fallen short. The team came close last season, with a nearly  undefeated record, but eventually fell to Bellarmine College Preparatory in the ...

Boys tennis: Matadors dominate Gunn HS in first home game

Boys tennis: Matadors dominate Gunn HS in first home game

Roshan Fernandez

March 5, 2018


Filed under Boys Tennis, Game Reviews, SPORTS, Spring Sports

he Matadors appeared to be in good spirits as they warmed up for their game against Gunn HS, with sophomore Evan Yu joking about the fact that he had to borrow shoes from a teammate because he left his at home. The boys tennis team returned for their first home game of the year after finishing last seaso...

Girls basketball: Senior night game lost in final minutes of fourth quarter

Girls basketball: Senior night game lost in final minutes of fourth quarter

Roshan Fernandez

March 5, 2018


Filed under Game Reviews, Girls Basketball, SPORTS, Winter Sports

uring the warmups leading up to their senior night game, the three seniors on the girls basketball team came out onto the court wearing bright yellow shirts with one bold word written across: chicken. The shirts, which also had small drawings of chickens along the sleeves, were part of an inside joke from...